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TVNZ 8 is a commercial-free New Zealand 24-hour news and information channel on Freeview digital television platform and on SKY Television Digital from 1 July 2009. It is produced by Television New Zealand, which received Government funding to launch two additional channels.  The channel went to air just after 10am on March 25, 2008 with a looped preview reel. After a countdown which lasted at least an hour, the channel was officially launched at 4 noon on May 30, 2008 with a special "kingmaker" political debate held within the Parliament building and featuring most of the elected minor party leaders.
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